According to a court-ordered report on the treatment of these children, approximately 126,000 children were released and an alarming infection rate of one in 50 migrant children carrying latent TB, or around 2,500 children with the deadly disease.
This data from 2021 shows that over 85 percent of TB cases were reported among racial and ethnic minority groups, with 71 percent of cases occurring in people born outside the country. (Related: Illegal immigrants in El Paso bringing DISEASES like scabies, measles, bed bugs and COVID-19 with them.)
Tuberculosis is a contagious bacterial infection of the lungs normally spread through the air. While most TB infections are asymptomatic and not contagious, between five to 10 percent of infected individuals develop active TB – leading to symptoms like cough, fever, decreased appetite and weight loss. If left untreated, TB can be life-threatening and can spread rapidly within confined spaces such as schools, shelters or other communal settings.
The U.S. government has defended its actions, claiming that the short stay of the immigrant children in custody affects the three-to-nine-month process of treating TB. Consequently, the Department of Health and Human Services has admitted to releasing infected immigrant children to American sponsors while notifying local health authorities in the hope that they can arrange for treatment before the infection becomes active.
However, the effectiveness of this approach has come into question. Local health officials expressed concerns over the infrequency of notifications and the challenges in tracking down the children after their release. Often, these officials are only informed about a case within their jurisdiction after the child has already arrived in the community.
"We do not know how often the sponsors follow through on treatment," said a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Health. "By the time outreach takes place, the child has sometimes moved to another area or state."
Tuberculosis is known to be deeply intertwined with social inequalities. Although effective treatments for TB exist, millions of people worldwide continue to suffer from TB due to a lack of access to economic opportunities; limited healthcare; poor sanitation; crowded living conditions; malnutrition and coexisting illnesses like diabetes or HIV.
The outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) – also affected the increase in TB cases. Before the pandemic, TB was responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other infectious disease, but the prevention efforts against COVID-19 initially helped the decline in TB infections.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a steady decline in total estimated TB infections globally, reaching a low of 10.1 million cases in 2020. However, the number of infections increased to 10.5 million in 2021, signaling the first rise in over a decade.
While testing efforts improved, TB-confirmed cases rose globally, peaking in 2019. With the disruption caused by COVID-19 in 2020, confirmed cases fell significantly before quickly rising again in 2021. In short, TB numbers climb back up to pre-pandemic levels.
Moreover, the increase in TB cases is not solely associated with the pandemic. It is also connected to other social and political determinants such as conflicts in regions like Ukraine; energy shortages; "climate change" impacts on food security and more.
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